Safe Routes to School
WHAT IS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL?
Safe Routes to school is a federally funded program intended to address concerns about:
• traffic congestion around schools
• motor vehicle emissions polluting the environment
• decreases in physical activity, which contributes to the growing epidemic of childhood obesity
BENEFITS OF SRTS PROGRAM:
• Improves traffic congestion around schools
• Decreases motor vehicle emissions that pollute the environment
• Increases physical activity which helps reduce childhood obesity
• Increases walking and bicycling to and from school for grades K-8
• Increases community involvement
• Provides safe passage for bicycling and walking
WHAT TYPES OF SERVICES ARE OFFERED THROUGH A SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM?
Free services are available for a wide variety of activities that encourage children to walk and bike safety to schools. These may include:
- School Improvement Action Plan
The Health Department will work with schools to develop a Safe Routes to School plan that identifies and addresses traffic safety concerns around the school and surrounding community
- Student Education
Students will learn pedestrian and bicycle traffic safety education through either in-class instruction, bike or pedestrian skills training, or bike repair workshops.
- Parent Outreach and Education
Parents will have opportunities to learn traffic safety education, engage in family bike events, or participate in being your school’s Safe Routes to School Champions!
- Walk and Bike Encouragement Events
Schools will promote bi-monthly or monthly “Walk and Roll” days that encourage and incentivizes children to walk or bike to school that day
- Build Community Support
Local Police Department, Traffic Engineers, City Leaders, and the local Health Department staff work with your school to identify engineering and enforcement issues
PARENTS INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?
Parents are valuable in building support for the SRTS program. The level of participation of parent volunteers will vary depending on the tasks the team is trying to complete. Parent volunteers can evaluate their level of commitment and the time they could contribute. Sample tasks include assisting with data collection, helping to coordinate an event, and outreaching to others.